Paleo Reese Cups
You are going to want to keep this recipe for Simple Peanut Butter Cups handy and make them often. The recipe is super quick and simple but they don’t last long! These honestly taste just like the real deal if not better. It just takes a few simple ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time to prepare. Amazing!
Trying My Best to Follow the Paleo Diet
We have all been on diets that restrict us from some of our favorite foods. I mean, that is the point of a diet, right, to limit things that may not be good for you to benefit your health? However, sacrificing things like ice cream or candy or cheeses is not always so easy.
Whenever I’m on a new diet, I instantly crave whatever it is that I can’t have. Once, I tried to live gluten free and all I could think about the entire time was bagel sandwiches and pizza, two things I typically don’t eat anyway but, now that I couldn’t have them, I was obsessed. I know, I’m not alone in feeling this way!
So now, in a new effort to live a healthy life and eat wholesome foods, I have been following a Paleo diet and I have never missed candy so much. If you are not familiar with the Paleo diet, it restricts you from eating processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and most dairy. Pretty much everything that goes into my absolute favorite, Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Creating a Simple Paleo Dessert Recipe
However, this diet I am determined to make work! No cheating, no rule bending, but I just can’t get over my need for Reese’s so what is a girl to do?!? Make up a recipe that follows the Paleo diet and tastes just like a Reese’s, that’s what! So that is just what I did!
While some people on Paleo diets allow themselves peanut butter, the more strict followers do not. I used almond butter in this recipe in place of peanut butter but either will work! To make the recipe a little bit more interesting, I added unsweetened shredded coconut to the filling.
I know that this isn’t exactly like a Reese’s but it adds a super tasty tropical flavor. Honey is the only sweetener in this recipe and actually tastes even better than I expected. We don’t need any refined sugars when we have all natural honey!
Mixing the Ingredients
A quick 30 seconds in the microwave and the almond butter, coconut oil (which thins out the filling just a tiny bit while sticking to the Paleo guidelines) and honey combine to make a super tasty mix. I could probably just eat this with a spoon and skip the chocolate all together.
As I mentioned before, I added shredded coconut to the filling at this step but that it completely up to you! Skip it if you’re not a huge coconut fan and want to stick to the traditional Reese’s style.
I scooped the filling into a mini muffin tin and then poured the melted dark chocolate over the top. I have also tried pouring a little chocolate in the bottom of the muffin tin, followed by the filling and more chocolate on the top, this works great too!
Feel free to choose your method. You can also use mini muffin paper liners to stick in the muffin tin to make these treats more transportable once they are done!
One More Final Step
A few minutes in the freezer and this is ready to go! I have to say that the first one I made seriously hit the spot. I had been wanting them for so long!
So don’t worry if you are contemplating a Paleo diet; this recipe is here to help you with your inevitable candy craving while completely sticking to the Paleo guidelines. My biggest suggestion when making this recipe is to double or even triple it. Once you taste one of these Paleo Reese’s cups, you are going to want at least 12 more! Enjoy!
For more paleo ideas see our review of the Best Paleo Cookbooks here.
Paleo Peanut Butter Cups Recipe Prep
Before you get started here are the items you will need:
Yeah that’s really all you need! The hardest part about this recipe is having to wait an hour before eating. The wait may be difficult but it is oh so worth it.
Hope you Enjoy! = )
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Paleo Reese’s Cup Ingredients
More Simple Paleo Recipes
- 1 cup smooth Almond Butter (or peanut butter if not strict Paleo)
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life brand if strict Paleo)
- Place almond butter, oil and honey in a small saucepan then heat on the stovetop over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Stir in shredded coconut until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into each opening of a mini muffin tin (fills 12 openings).
- Place the chocolate chips in the glass bowl and place the bowl over a pot of simmering hot water, creating a double boiler. Stir the chocolate constantly over the hot water until it is completely melted. Pour melted chocolate on top of each muffin tin then place the tin in freezer for about an hour.
- Take muffin tin out of freezer. Carefully scrape a knife around the edges and the peanut butter cups will pop out fairly easy. Handle with care.
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